Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Sometimes it's extremely hard to digest the fact that I have a running, throwing, jibber-jabbering, real-life toddler. But then I look down at all of the bruises I've gotten from Travis accidentally hitting me with something and then it's not so hard to believe.
Watching Travis grow up to become his own little person has to be one of the coolest things ever. He's learning new words and new ways to tell people what he wants. I think my favorite right now is how he reaches up to you when he wants you to pick him up. It's just so sweet!
Just in the last couple of weeks, Travis has learned how to say "dog" and "cat." We have two dogs and four cats running around the house, so he sees them a lot and hears us say the names, and now whenever he sees the dogs, he'll say "dog" and same for the cats. I went on a run the other day with him in the stroller, and even if he just heard a dog barking, he would say "dog." Maybe that's normal at this age, but I still think he's so smart. :)
Another thing that I think is really neat, is that if we're moving to a different part of the house, I don't always have to just pick him up and bring him with me. I can just ask him to "come upstairs" or something and he'll follow me into whatever room I'm going into. Sometimes if he's too busy playing to pay attention to me, I'll pick him up, but a lot of times I don't need to. It's especially helpful in the mornings when I have my hands full of bags and books and things.
His most annoying but very toddler-y trait right now is his love of throwing things. He has terrible aim, so half the time whatever he's throwing falls out of his hand during the "wind up" part and hits him in the head. The other half, it hits me in the face. Either way, someone gets hurt, and it's no fun. Is there anyway for me to get him to stop throwing things? I could definitely use some advice!
He does so many funny things, like trying to stand on his head. The other day we were in the bathroom, and all of a sudden he dumped all of his bath toys into the tub and then climbed right in with them! Silly boy wanted to take a bath. He's learning how to put his blocks together and how to put lids on bottles. He also loves to look through his books, even if he's sometimes reading them upside down. That's just how he wants it, and don't you dare try to turn it around!
He also likes to help Mommy with the laundry. He pulls everything out of the washer and I have to catch it and put it in the dryer before he drops it on the ground. It's great fun!
My favorite part of his toddler-ism is when I kneel down and he comes running up to give me a big hug. He just melts my heart and he is the sweetest little boy! I'm so lucky that he's mine.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Do you know what I really love about New Year's Resolutions? You have the whole year to accomplish them! Did you fail to eat a fruit or vegetable everyday or skip going to the gym one day and now your whole year is ruined?
The whole point of a resolution for the year is that you have the entire year to get into the habit of eating a fruit or vegetable everyday and eventually it will become a part of your lifestyle. Even if you don't get the hang of eating healthy until October, it's still this year. And if you end your year by spending everyday in December at the gym, I call that a win!
Just because you didn't go for a run three times a week every week this year, does not mean that you have failed. And it does not mean that you can spend the rest of your year sitting on your couch, watching Netflix and eating potato chips.
It means that you still have the whole rest of the year to keep trying.
For example, take a look at my New Year's Resolutions. I have ten of them. If I jumped into all ten of them at once, I would be a completely different person! I would also need about 50 hours in a day. However, there are a few that I'm doing well in so far: exercising, cooking, and going to church. I'm still working on eating healthier and finding time to read books other than what's for school, but it's only March. I have my goals tacked up on the wall so that I can keep a look at them and know what I'm aiming for by the end of the year.
Take a look at your own resolutions. Write them down on a piece of paper and think about the ones that you've been working at and that you think you've got all figured out. Take a red pen or a big red marker and draw a big "X" through them. You can keep up with them easily now.
Okay good. Now take a look at the next one or two that you want to accomplish. What do you need to do in order to make that happen? Give yourself the next two months to really figure it out and work towards that goal. Then work on a couple for the next two months, until, by the end of the year, you've accomplished all of your goals!
New Year's Resolutions are something that people make, break, and forget about by January 14th. But if it's something that you really want to accomplish and it might be difficult, it's not going to happen in two weeks. It might take an entire year.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I've had a few people ask what exactly I'm going to school for, so I thought that I would touch on that a little bit. I'm currently a junior at College of Charleston and I'm majoring in English and minoring in Communications.
I've pretty much known what I wanted to do since the summer before my senior year, and I actually started taking college classes that summer as well. The local community college offers "dual-credit" classes, which are essentially college classes that also count for high school credits. I graduated high school a semester early and started taking classes at that same community college. I just took basic classes--math, english, psychology, speech, the gen-eds.
I applied to USC for print journalism because at the time I wanted to be a magazine editor. At first I was wait-listed for Spring 2012 instead of Fall 2011, but I was doing so poorly at the community college that I eventually thought I wouldn't even be accepted anymore. All of a sudden, one September afternoon, I received my acceptance packet to USC, and BAM, I was going to be moving to Columbia just a few months later. It was unexpected but I was also extremely excited.
I loved my semester at USC. I loved my classes, I loved the campus, and I got great grades. (My GPA was a 3.85, which is the highest of my college career thus far.) I was also on track to graduate a year ahead of my high school graduating class. However, when I got home from that semester, I got pregnant, so plans changed. I went back to the community college for a semester in order to finish up my Associate's of Arts and I also got a Professional Writing Certificate. The next two semesters I wasn't in school because Travis was born.
This past Fall I started at College of Charleston. I'm grateful that I had originally been ahead of my classmates, because after taking a couple of semester off, I was at least graduating on time. My classes basically consist of English and Communications classes for my major and minor, and then French to satisfy my foreign language requirement. This semester, I'm taking Young Adult lit, African American lit, Political Shakespeare, Communications Research, and French 102. So, in case you weren't able to deduce from that, I do a shitload of writing. The amount of research papers that I have due in total this semester is absolutely absurd and I don't really want to think about it right now. Fortunately, I enjoy most of the work.
Now, being an English major, the number one question that I get is, "What do you want to do with that?" And their follow-up question is always this: "Do you want to teach?"
No. I do not want to teach. (Absolutely nothing against teaching because I come from a family full of teachers. It's just not for me. I'm really terrible at explaining things and most literature classes make me want to yank my hair out.)
I want to be an editor. My first idea was to be an editor for a magazine, which is still a possibility. However, I'm currently leaning more towards an editor for a book publisher. I constantly look for entry-level jobs on the big wig websites like Random House and Penguin and absolutely cannot wait until I can apply for jobs.
Since I am qualified to write professionally, I recently started trying to delve into freelance writing. Currently, I'm just utilizing the services on Fiverr, because the buyers come to you. I'm still trying to work up to actually making the first move and trying to contact writing clients. I'm also very busy with school and don't want to overwhelm myself with work.
That's basically the gist of my whole college career. It takes time and I can't wait until I can support Travis and me by myself, but it'll come eventually. For now, I just know that I'm doing what's best in the long run.
Monday, March 3, 2014
+ Run a total of 50 miles.
+ Go through all of Travis's toys and organize ones we need and store/give away ones we don't.
+ Finish crocheting Travis's blanket.
+ Stay on top of all homework assignments and blog posts.
+ Cut back on frivolous spending.
+ Make breakfast/lunch more often.
+ Get to bed earlier.
+ Finally write the "About Me" for my blog.
What are your goals for March?